Covid quarantine: the 10 days, the INPS disease and other news

With the circular Covid-19: indications for the duration and end of theisolation and of quarantine signed by Giovanni Rezza, the Ministry of Health has changed the rules on the duration of the period in which the positives to Sars-Cov-2, symptomatic or asymptomatic, or the close contacts of the positives must isolate themselves.

First of all:
L’isolation of cases of Sars-CoV-2 infection refer to the separation of infected people from the rest of the community for the duration of the contagious period, in an environment and conditions that prevent the transmission of the infection.
The quarantine, instead, refers to the restriction of the movement of healthy people for the duration of the incubation period, but who may have been exposed to an infectious agent or a contagious disease, with the aim of monitoring the possible appearance of symptoms and promptly identifying new cases.

What happens to asymptomatic positive cases?

Positive asymptomatic people can rejoin the community later an isolation period of at least 10 days from the appearance of the positivity, at the end of which a molecular test is performed with a negative result (10 days + test).

What happens to symptomatic positive cases?

Positive symptomatic people can re-enter the community after one isolation period of at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms accompanied by a molecular test with negative result performed after at least 3 days without symptoms (10 days, of which at least 3 days without symptoms + test).

What happens to long-term positive cases?

People who, even though they no longer have symptoms, continue to test positive, in the event of no symptoms for at least a week, can interrupt the isolation. 21 days after the onset of symptoms. This criterion can be modulated by the health authorities in agreement with clinical experts and microbiologists / virologists, taking into account the immune status of the persons concerned (in immunosuppressed patients the period of contagiousness can be prolonged).

What happens to asymptomatic close contacts?

Close contacts of cases with Sars-Cov-2 infection, confirmed and identified by health authorities, must observe: a 14-day quarantine period from the last exposure to the case; or a 10-day quarantine period from the last exposure with a negative antigen or molecular test carried out on the tenth day.

Can you work in quarantine or in solitary confinement?

In periods of quarantine or isolation, according to the INPS clarification of 12 October, provided that the worker continues to perform, on the basis of agreements with his employer, working in smart working mode at home without having recourse to social security protection for the disease. In this circumstance, in fact, the suspension of the work activity with the relative remuneration does not take place. In the event of overt illness, however, the worker temporarily unable to work, with the right to access the corresponding social security benefit, compensating for the loss of earnings.

October 13, 2020 (change October 13, 2020 | 09:45)

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